4/18/2017

An emotional assistance animal in the grocery store| No way

I am dictating this post by voice text about a lady in the grocery store who had a dog on her shoulder. The woman was in the produce aisle, the frozen food, and toured the meat department with her emotional assistance animal.

The problem is that emotional assistance animals are not service dogs. They are not allowed to go where service dogs can go in retail establishments. Housing is a different matter. Housing does allow emotional assistance animals.She had the dog in a cute little vest. And I have to admit that the dog is absolutely adorable ( which matters not).


So what is the difference between emotional assistance animal and service dog? I thought you would never ask.


 Service dogs are trained to perform one or more tasks for their Handler. In my case, my service dog is trained to retrieve, to get people in the house if I fall and need someone comma stand steady if I am about to fall. And the number is other things.

When a person who has an emotional assistance animal takes their dog into a place of business it first those of us who have legitimate service dogs emotional assistance animals are not necessarily trained the same standard that a service dog is trained for. This makes a difference in how they interact with the public. Service dogs are not supposed to beg for attention, beg for food scraps, or misbehave in public or really anywhere else for that matter. Emotional assistance animals don't have that kind of Behavioral training usually.

 If they aren't trained to perform a specific comma then they are not animals. The law only allows for two types of animals to be assistance animals the dog or the miniature horse. Lately, another thing that has happened is that some people have attempted to pass their cats off as service animals. No way! That is actually also against the law.

Some people legitimately believe that they are doing the right thing within the parameters of the law when they take these animals into retail establishments. Then there are some who are simply taking advantage of other people lack of knowledge on this if anyone is not sure about what the law says it is very easy to go to the Department of Justice at online and look up the law. It is ada.gov. they even have a hotline that you can call for help if you need it.

2/12/2017

Back up plans in case of storms or college snow day

The weather forecasters are calling for a possible snow accumulation of 1-3 inches, with more expected in the higher elevations. Living 1.5 hours from school makes this a tough situation. Pellissippi State is a non-resident campus. This means that everyone drives in to college. It's not bad 99% of the time, but snow and stormy weather can make getting to the college campus difficult. Fortunately, Hubby and I made back - up plans for the "what if" scenario.

1. Lodging
I got rates from a couple of area motels. We took the higher price and placed that amount in a savings account. It's easy to move the funds by phone call or transferring the funds into my checking account online. This gives me access to a one night stay at least.

2. Food
Like with lodging, I put $25 into the checking account for food. This makes it possible to order pizza and save it for later or to pick up a few things on the way to the hotel. Knowing that the money is put aside gives me the freedom to work on my college grades instead of panicking.

Snowfall at the National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, MD By Gayle Crabtree
3. Gas
I always make sure to fill the gas at the first possibility of bad weather. When we lived in North Carolina some power outages shut down the area for up to two weeks a couple of times. Gas pumps and ATMs don't work if the electricity is out. Plus, if I do run out of gas, I can call AAA and they'll deliver $5.00 under my AAA Premier membership plan. (Note: AAA makes a great gift for a college student.

4. All of the above
The van. Most all of you know about the Chevy Express that we are converting into a camper van. I'll drive it to the school campus anytime snow is predicted. If it looks like I can ride things out, I'll stay snuggled up in my sleeping bag inside the van. We have a small propane burner, heating element and indoor gas heater (and a fire and carbon monoxide alarm) as well as a battery pack. I also keep a tote with an extra change of clothes and personal care items. There is also a $20 bill tucked in the tote for a truck stop shower.

Those are my back-up plans in case campus closes early due to weather. Do you plan ahead for rough weather? How? Share your ideas by leaving me a comment below.


1/20/2017

Together we Stand

I realize that's some friends of mine are jubilant today and other friends of mine are in mourning. Let me challenge you to remember that no president is all good or all bad.

All presidents have made decisions that have been good for the country and all presidents have made decisions that have been bad for the country. The thing is that by and large the people of the United States have survived and weathered all storms.

We are a resilient and strong people in any era. For the most part we are kind, giving, and compassionate toward one another. The leadership going in needs our compassion and support whether we like the leader or not. The United States is all of us not just one of us. Together we stand.